Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of ASH Berlin

The mission statement of the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences wishes for a respectful, open, fair and reliable interaction with one another. This demand is constantly challenged by societal phenomena such as racism and discrimination. EmpA therefore aims to use an empowerment approach to improve the study conditions of international students, students with a refugee background and students of color*.

In line with the needs that students bring directly to us, we offer various formats to connect, exchange and learn. In addition, we advise and train  university staff on implementing anti-racist measures to improve the overall study conditions. Together with many committed members of the university, we would like to influence the Alice Salomon University to become as racism-sensitive a place as possible.

"People of Color, Person of Color, PoC:  is an alliance term that establishes links between people who experience racism" 1. However, the term is also controversially discussed within different communities. Numerous other self-designations have been used as alternatives to racist foreign designations.

1In URL (German): AG Feministisch Sprachhandeln der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014): Was tun? Sprachhandlungen – aber wie? W_ortungen statt Tatenlosigkeit! Berlin, p.43, last access: 10.12.2019


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PowerReunion - BIPOC Referat & EmpA

PowerReunion BiPOC Referat & EmpA

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Past events

EmpA Power Reunion 2.0. in Times of Corona

We want to invite you to a (virtual) empowerment meeting! Lets transform social distancing into distant socializing! How are we doing in times of Corona? How does the contact ban affects us? Just because we are supposed to stay at home for the most part, it doesn't mean that we can't exchange and listen to each other.
All ASH students with experience of racism are welcome to exchange ideas with the EmpA team and other people with experience of racism. We are looking forward to meet you!

 When:  new date!

Thursday, May 7 from 18 to 20

Please send us an email to empowerment@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu and we will send you the link to the video conference.

Your EmpA Team

Event of the ASH Pre-Study Program

When: Tuesday 28.01.2020 from 5pm

Where:  Audimax, ASH Berlin


From 5pm     Arrival and welcome. Music and contributions of the participants and students

From 6pm     Performance of the band "The Magic of not Knowing"

From 7pm     Concert of the "Adar Ensemble"

8pm                 Closing with a song by the participants of the Pre-Study Program

Welcoming Texts in different languages

Zusammen haben wir eine Chance (Together we have a chance)

 Film followed by a discussion with Nadiye Ünsal (Filmemaker) and Garip Bali from Allmende e.V. (one of the Protagonists of the movie).

When: 13.01.20 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Where: Audimax, ASH Berlin

For more information about the event, please click here.

*The film is englisch subtitled. The discussion will take place in German.

Flyer "Together we have a chance"

Our Offers

The daily study routine at the ASH can be very challenging and stressful. It can be even more stressful for international students, students who experience of racism and/or have a refugee background. In addition to all the duties, responsibilities and to-do's that studying entails, they often also have to deal with language barriers, experiences of exclusion and discrimination through racism, (hetero-)sexism, classism or (attributed) religious affiliation.

[Translate to Englisch:] empower

Anchoring the empowerment approach at the university is therefore an important instrument to strengthen students who are confronted with racial discrimination and to improve the accompanying study conditions.

PowerReunion - A space to unite!

The PowerReunion is a offer for (international) students who experience racism and/or with a refugee background. The focus is on getting to know one another, networking and exchange.

The PowerReunion is a space of retreat exclusively for students who experience racism in Germany and is thus a central component of the empowerment work at the ASH.

The conversation for me is a source of power.

bell hooks

[Translate to Englisch:] students

PowerTalk - A space to recharge!

Racist discrimination is not only a challenge for those affected, but sometimes also for all those who want to fight it and broaden their perspective. PowerTalk is therefore a peer-to-peer offer for ALL students who wish to have confidential discussions with the EmpA team.
So if you have something on your mind, would like to develop ideas, tips and possibilities for action for your studies or any other area of your life in a confidential conversation with us, this is the right offer for you.

Write us or come to the office to make an appointment :)

In addition to our empowerment-oriented peer-to-peer discussions, there are other contact points for discrimination at the ASH. You can find more information here.

PowerWorkshops - A space to evolve!

We regularly offer in-depth workshops on empowerment and sensitisation.

If you have any ideas as to which topics and questions we should cover, please contact us.

[Translate to Englisch:] postkarten

Gegen Rassismus? Empowermentstrategien FÜR Widerstand & Wohlbefinden an der Hochschule 2.0 (Against racism? Empowerment strategies FOR resistance & well-being at the university 2.0)

Gegen Rassismus? Empowermentstrategien FÜR Widerstand & Wohlbefinden an der Hochschule (Against racism? Empowerment strategies FOR resistance & well-being at the university)  - Within the framework of the 13th Week of Mental Health in Berlin.

Über Rassismus schreiben: Empowered Nähe und Distanz im Schreiben finden (Writing about racism: Empowered to find closeness and distance in writing)- As part of the "2. Langen Nacht der aufgeschobenen Hausarbeiten".

Stress: A decolonized Perspective with Kisha "Free Woman" Montgomery.

[Translate to Englisch:] kreis

PowerExperts - A space to share!

This format is about knowledge transfer, exchange and inspiration from and for students. International and BIPoC students present their research and expertise (not only) in the context of racism, migration and empowerment.

Do you have a topic that you would like to present and discuss with other students in an empowerment-oriented space? Then write us! We would like to invite you 1-2 times in the semester PowerExperts

Rassismus als soziale Determinante von Gesundheit (Racism as a social determinant of health) from Madlen Schranz (M.Sc. Public Health)

Here to event.

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Project coordination

Dr. Aki Krishnamurthy

Empowerment offers for international students and students who experience racism: networking and community building / Awareness of racist discrimination / Organization development and anti-racist opening of the university

by appointment

T +49 30 99 245 295

Aki Krishnamurthy

Student assistants of EmpA

About EmpA

"Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin" (EmpA) is a project of the International Office, financed by the DAAD.

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Pasquale Virginie Rotter:"Empowerment und Sensibilisierung"(Empowerment and Awareness). The Article was first publisched  in the alice 36 in the winter semester 2018/19. 

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